Funding Guide

Funding the implementation of school-based school climate and conflict resolution strategies can sometimes be challenging for schools. The following list is offered to schools as a resource to help them think about the potential funding options that exist. Schools are encouraged to find funding options that best match their needs. One suggestion to keep in mind is to use any connections with local businesses, corporations, or foundations that parents or staff at the school might have. Please note: none of these funding sources are guaranteed and are only offered as potential opportunities.

This list was developed by a collaborative of conflict resolution education providers in October 2005. Please let us know if there any update that should be made or additions. Thank you!


Existing school budgets:

  • Parent Groups including PTA
  • Principal Discretionary Funds
  • School Site Council (including School Improvement Funds – SIP)
  • Student Council/Leadership classes
  • Sports Booster Clubs
  • Special Education
  • Title I. (Disadvantaged children)/Title III. (English Language Learners)
  • Gifted and Talented budgets

Title IV. No Child Left Behind – Safe and Drug Free Schools
Tip: Find out what is in your district’s NCLB LEA Plan, specifically under Goal 4 (ask if there is any left over money for “strategies”).

AB 1113 – School Safety Block Grants
Tip: if you don’t know how this money is being spent, ask your principal.

Tupe – Tobacco Use Prevention Education
Tip: This money can only be used if there is clear link between tobacco use and conflict.

Sometimes civic groups and service clubs have small discretionary funds they are willing to donate to support activities in local schools.

Rotary Club
Tip: Go the Rotary International web site and use the Club Locator feature to get contact information for your local Rotary Club.

Lions Club
Tip: Go to Lions Club web site and use the Club Locator feature to get contact information for your local Lions Club.

Optimist Club
Tip: Go to the Optimist’s Pacific Central District website and look up local club information under the California listings.

Kiwanis Club
Tip: Go the Kiwanis International web site and use the Club Locator feature to get contact information for your local Kiwanis Club.

Check with neighboring businesses for in-kind donations of supplies, refreshments, or the opportunity to sponsor a training. Below are some more specific examples.

Law firms
Tip: Because of the connection between mediation and law, some local law firms might be willing to sponsor training at a school in their area.

Tip: Find out where your school does its banking or ask parents if they have connections at any local banks.

Movie Theatres
Tip: Sometimes local movie theatres will donate popcorn for local charitable causes.


  • Round Table Pizza

    • For info: Contact the local Marketing Department at or 408-481-3381
    • Schools Programs: Offers several programs to help schools raised funds including fundraising events that include Raffle tickets or auctions; “Pizza Night Takeovers” that offer a 20% of regular menu price purchases made by participants; and providing pizza at a special price to resell for profit.
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea
    • Makes donations as part of community outreach and giving. Requests must be submitted at least 2-3 months in advance. See web site for complete instructions.
    • Your neighborhood Peet’s store may also make small product donations to local organizations. Again, you will need to put your request in writing, and include your organization’s mission statement, the non-profit federal tax ID number, and the date of your event or when the donation is needed.
  • Baja Fresh
    • All you have to do is show up, eat, and they will donate 15% of the net proceeds from the event to your organization. Contact manager at nearest location.
  • Fresh Choice:
    • Dinner Fundraisers: Contact the manager of local restaurant. Fresh Choice will donate back 20% of the sales that your group purchased.
    • Scrip Sales: Fresh Choice sells your school gift certificates for $9. You sell the certificates for $10.


Target (Education Initiatives)

  • Take Charge of Education: Sign up for Target Visa, or Target card. 1% goes to school- (501©(3) of your choice. Checks written to school in September and March. Has sample letters, flyers, tips for getting the message out. 1-800-316-6142; special promos -> 2%
  • Start Something: Tiger Woods/Target offers a free curriculum in character/leadership for students to create a dream and see it through…for Teachers, classroom, youth groups, club and community centers. Students who complete the program can go on to apply for up to $5000 grant to continue dream. Please note this is a fairly complicated, several step process.

1-800-mervyns (937-8967)

  • ” Offers grants to schools and CBO’s that support reading; not currently accepting unsolicited applications for funding. This was information gathered in 2005. Check to see if focus has changed.

Office Depot

  • 5% Back to Schools Program: Buy qualifying student school supplies and designate your local school to receive 5% of qualifying purchases. The school then receives credits for free supplies. Visit local Office Depot store or call 1-800-GO-DEPOT for the listing of qualifying student supply items and the listing of school ID numbers. Credits are tallied for each school every three months. Tip: check to see if your school is already participating in this program.
  • Donations: Office Depot offers some monetary and product donations to nonprofit organizations (501(c)(3) status) upon request and review. Tip: You may be able to partner with your local conflict resolution agency to be eligible for funding or donations. For more information, contact Donations Hotline at 1-800-937-3600, ext. 80309.


  • Foundation for Learning: Provides funding to programs that support or provide job skills and/or education, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Only nonprofit programs with 501(c)(3) status are eligible.
    How to apply: Apply online at Consult for a list of information necessary for the application process and for application deadlines. Grant decisions are made on a quarterly basis.


The Fitzpatrick Foundation
The broad purpose of the Foundation is to support elementary and secondary school programs for students and educators, with a particular emphasis on serving economically disadvantaged youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. Letters of inquiry are reviewed within one month of receipt and the project falls within the interest of the Foundation you will be invited to submit a proposals. Proposals are reviewed quarterly. Foundation is located in Burlingame.

The Stuart Foundation
The Stuart Foundation awards grants through their three programs: Child Welfare, Public Schools, and Youth & Communities. The Foundation’s program objectives are, but are not limited to, the following: funding professional development for public school teachers, ensuring adequate resources in public schools, supporting experiential learning opportunities for youth, skill building (including communication skills), and supporting community school models. Programs in California and Washington that meet program objectives and strategies are eligible. Consult website for application steps, including instructions for sending a Letter of Inquiry. Allow approximately eight weeks after sending the Letter of Inquiry to receive a decision on if a final Proposal will be accepted.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Local Area Funds)
To be eligible for Local Opportunities support, your project or program should directly serve the residents of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, or Monterey County. Please submit a two-to-three page letter of inquiry that describes your work. The letter should include a brief description of the history and mission of your organization, the types of programs offered, and constituencies served. Staff members review letters of inquiry year-round.


The Dreyer’s Foundation
Offers small grants ($3,000 or less) and donates ice cream products and gift certificates/auction items to non-profit organizations for events. Proposals are reviewed on a monthly basis and should be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to your event.

The Braitmayer Foundation
Offers $10,000 grants for K-12 education efforts throughout the United States. Of particular interest are: curricular and school reform initiatives and preparation of and profession development opportunities for teachers, particularly those who encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching. A three page proposal, proposed budget, and proof of tax exempt status are due by June 39th or November 15th. They were called in 10/05 and asked if they would consider funding teacher training in conflict resolution. They said yes.


Teaching Tolerance
Offers grants of up to $2000 to K-12 classroom teachers for implementing tolerance and youth activism projects in their schools and communities.


Funding Factory
Funding Factory is a free fundraising program to help educational and nonprofit organizations get the equipment or cash they need without any hassle.

Donors Choose
This is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.

School Pop

  • Offers fundraising by directing online shopping through their website.
  • You can also Register your existing credit cards with school pop, buy schoolpop scrip or get a schoolpop credit card. Schoolpop purchases earn widely varying amounts between 7.5-18% of purchase price for school.

Boxtops for Education

  • Clip and Send in Box tops from their brands: worth 10¢ each
  • Shop online through their website, for about 3-4% donation to school
  • Get their credit card for 1% back to your school